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Consider all aspects of scheduling when it comes to parenting time

Not every divorce that involves parents and a child will end in a joint custody arrangement. Sometimes, the dispute between the married spouses is so deep and emotional that there is no way for the two spouses to agree on shared custody. This is unfortunate, but it is also reality. For those divorcing couples that are able to agree to a joint custody arrangement, there are significant legal factors to consider.

The first is that, in the state of Illinois, we do not use the term "visitation." It is "parenting time," and every case will have a different schedule and different parameters for how parenting time is handled.

When you are creating a plan for parental time in the wake of a divorce, it is important to plan out a bunch of different contingencies for your schedule. For example, how will the schedule work around the holidays? How will the schedule work when you or your former spouse take a vacation? How will the schedule work during the summer when your child is not in school?

You should also consider implementing other provisions around timing and sharing custody of your child. An example of this would be including the right of first refusal. This basically says that any parent that is considering using child care to watch over their child should first offer their former spouse the chance to take care of him or her.

There are many other factors to consider when it comes to parenting time, so be sure to discuss it all with your attorney.

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